Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs
Need health insurance?
There’s a new Special Enrollment Period for the COVID-19 public health emergency. You can enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans February 15, 2021 through August 15, 2021.
- Start an application or log in to update an existing one.
- Before you apply, you can preview 2021 plans and prices. Answer a few questions to see plans and estimated prices based on your income.
- If you have a qualifying life event or are eligible for TennCare, you can apply any time.
The Katie Beckett Program
The Katie Beckett Program is for Tennessee residents, under the age of 18, with disabilities and/or complex medical needs who would not usually qualify for TennCare. This program helps to fill gaps between the child’s needs and what private insurance will cover.
For Frequently Asked Questions about this program and to learn how to apply for coverage, click here.
Emergency Alert Decal
The Emergency Alert Decals are designed to alert first responders that there is a youth with a special healthcare need in the vehicle or home.
For more information or to request an Emergency Alert Decal, please email Kendra Mitchell at Kendra.T.Mitchell@tn.gov
Emergency Kit Checklist for Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs.
According to the CDC, every family should have an emergency kit in the event of a disaster or situation that may cause you to be unable to leave your home. This is especially true for families with children with special health care needs. An emergency kit should have everything that your child needs, including medicines, batteries, medical supplies, etc. Please follow this link to ensure that your family is prepared in case of a disaster, loss of electricity and any event that would make you unable to leave your house for a few days.
Coronavirus Information for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Tennessee Department of Health is committed to keeping you and your family informed on the latest news around the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. COVID-19 information changes quickly, so be sure to check the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (tn.gov), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites regularly for the latest news.
Tennessee has prioritized COVID-19 vaccinations for the following groups:
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Caregivers of Medically Fragile Children
- Home Care Workers / Direct Support Professionals
To learn more about Tennessee’s vaccine phases and state COVID-19 testing information, visit the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (tn.gov).
To help protect you and your family from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:
Important Ways to Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
If You are at Risk of Getting Very Sick
- People of any age can get COVID-19, even healthy young adults and children.
- People who are older or have certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Other groups may be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having more severe illness.
What Symptoms to Watch For
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
Other symptoms are signs of serious illness. If someone has trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, or difficulty staying awake, get medical care immediately.
What to Do If You're Sick
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Isolate yourself from other members of your family to prevent spread to them and the people that they may have contact with, like grandparents.
- Even if you don’t feel sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others.
- Get care immediately if you are having emergency warning signs, like trouble breathing, pain or pressure in chest.
For more information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.
For information on COVID-19 and children and families with children and youth with special health care needs, see the links below:
For More Program Information:
Call: 615-741-7353 or